Jason got me thinking about this list last night, as he’s suppose to make a list for one of his co-workers.
Writing a list like this is damn near impossible. For one thing, I tend not to re-read books. There are far too many out there that I want to read and never get around to–if I re-read a book, it’s a very rare thing. That having been said, I’ve read the top three books in my list at least twice, maybe three times each.
These are all great books, but it was hard for me to decide on some of them. Particularly the ones I’ve only read once. There are some of these authors I had a really hard time deciding which of their books I would list on here. Rucker, Noon, Vonnegut, Gibson. They all have a bunch of really great books out there. Also, there are a lot of really wonderful authors that didn’t make this list… and I feel bad about it. Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, David Brin, Connie Willis and Greg Egan would all make a top 20 list for sure.
- Snowcrash, Neil Stephenson
- Vurt, Jeff Noon
- Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
- Neuromancer, William Gibson
- White Light, Rudy Rucker
- Feersum Endjinn, Iain M. Banks
- Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
- Dune, Frank Herbert
- A Fire Upon the Deep, Vernon Vinge
- As She Climbed Across the Table, Jonathan Lethem
That’s it. Happy holidays!